Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1236

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (var. copallinum) or uncommon (var. latifolia)

Look for it in dry woodlands, and also (depending on variety) in sandhills or rocky glades or maritime thickets, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Pinnately compound: 9-11(23) leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Greenish-yellow/White
Usually bisexual
4-5 sepals
4-5 petals
4-5 stamens

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red
Drupe

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Sapindales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Rhus copallinum +   FAMILY Anacardiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhus copallinum +   FAMILY Anacardiaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 110-01-007:
Rhus copallina   FAMILY Anacardiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Winged Sumac, Shining Sumac, Dwarf Sumac


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JK Marlow    jkm0306i_25

June    Transylvania County    NC

Dupont State Forest

Rachis with green marginal wings between leaflets. Leaflet margins entire, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.


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JK Marlow    jkm0307i_24

July    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm0307n_18

July    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Inflorescence terminates stem or branches and extends well above the leaves, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm0308l_04

August    Greenville County    SC

Fruits are red, densely hairy, roundish but somewhat flattened, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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Keith Bradley    kab_rhus_copallinum_73479

August    Miami-Dade County    FL

Dense showy panicle, to 12" tall, of very small yellowish flowers, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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Keith Bradley    kab_rhus_copallinum_73498

August    Miami-Dade County    FL

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Keith Bradley    kab_rhus_copallinum_73528

August    Miami-Dade County    FL

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_r_copallinum_win8b

August        

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JK Marlow    jkm0410j_17

October    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    s041023_a

October    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

Leaflets number 7-21. A shrub that produces masses of reddish fall color, per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast.